The Lagos State Government demolished Oshodi Market today, according to numerous media reports and social media activity. The market was established more than 40 years ago and is considered iconic by Lagosians.
According to various media reports, the Lagos State Government had earlier shut down the marketplace due to security concerns.
The destruction of the Oshodi Market took place in the earlier hours of Wednesday and was completed by about 7:45 A.M., according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode personally oversaw the demolition of the market.
The Lagos State Governor was joined by the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, police officers, officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KIA), and other top government officials.
A director in the Ministry of Environment was tasked with leading the demolition task force. When contacted by NAN, the director refused to comment on the demolition of Oshodi Market.
NAN reported that the traders and shop owners affected by the markets destruction were relocated to the new Isopakodowo Market in the Bolade area of Oshodi.
The Lagos State government released a statement indicating that it planned to build an “ultra-modern” bus terminal with new bus shelters where Oshodi Market once stood.